Tottenham Hotspur plot £15m move for Real Madrid defender

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Tottenham Hotspur are being linked with a summer move for Real Madrid full-back Fabio Coentrao.

The Sunday People claims Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has set his sights on the Portugal star as a replacement for Benoit Assou-Ekotto, with the 29-year-old ‘on the brink’ of joining AS Monaco.

A deal for Coentrao will hinge on Spurs’ ability to secure Champions League football next season though, with the paper claiming that Danny Rose will return to play at left-back next season if the club don’t finish in the top four.

Villas-Boas is a ‘long term admirer’ of Coaentrao, according to the report, and would need to spend in the region of £15million to bring the player to White Hart Lane from the Santiago Bernabeu.

The former Benfica starlet moved to the Spanish capital in the summer of 2011, with Jose Mourinho spending €30million to bring the player to Madrid.

Now, Villas-Boas is hoping to add the player to his ranks in north London, but Tottenham Hotspur must finish their business in the Premier League first before looking to add the 34-cap international at the end of the season.

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